An artisan butcher shop on the Eastside


An artisan butcher shop on the Eastside
An artisan butcher shop on the Eastside


It isn't easy to catch Bon Appetit's eye, mostly because magazines don't have organs that detect light and convert it into electrochemical impulses in neurons. Buuuuut, local butchers Salt & Time managed to do it anyway with their coffee-rubbed lomo, a piece of press that helped buoy them from farmer's market stand to this brick and mortar, where they're peddling everything from genre-pushing signature creations like Pecan Porter-brined bacon to fresh-baked bread and Cuvee coffee

Pancetta comes from the belly of the beast just like bacon (and Jonah 2:1-10), but instead of getting smoked and brined it's cured with pepper and juniper

For a small "porkage fee" salumi like this fennel/juniper/nutmeg-cured lonzino pork loin is served with a setup of bread and pickles to be eaten at the counter

Much like snake-oil salesmen, they've built their reputation on exotic cures, but the deli case is also stocked with cookable meats like breakfast goat sausage, rare beef cuts, and smoked all-pork hot dogs stuffed with cheddar and jalapenos

Also available for devouring are grab-and-go sandwiches on carbs made in-house by breadsmith Baked In Austin, also the name of Matthew McConaughey's personal blog

And also much like snake-oil salesman, you can reek of false confidence and booze thanks to a selection of top-notch local brews from the likes of Austin Beerworks and Jester King, a pair responsible for the devastation of many a small interior organ

Photos by JW Walthall

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1. Salt & Time Butcher Shop and Salumeria 1912 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702 (Central East)

A butcher shop and bakery, Salt & Time slices up local, sustainable meats from farms around Austin and Central Texas. Tex-Mex (Migas, empanadas) and Southern (biscuits and gravy, pork hash) plates dominate brunch on the weekends, and every day it offers a Butcher’s Cut menu with eight to 10 high-quality offerings -- including Angus and wagyu -- cooked to medium-rare heaven. If you’re ready to up your steak game at home, Salt & Time’s butcher shop has fresh and aged steaks ready to be wrapped and weighed.